Zipline Tours in Big Island
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One of the few ways you can really see the untouched beauty of the Big Island is by flying over its lush forests, dense tree canopies, and glorious rushing waterfalls on a zipline course. You strap into a harness, get clipped to a cable and then zip, zip, zip your way through paradise. Most guide companies start you out easy on a slower, shorter line and by the end you graduate to faster, longer zips. It's an exhilarating adventure for all ages and has even been known to help some put aside their fear of heights (at least for a few minutes) to participate in the thrill ride. Check company credentials and specifics before you book to make sure your safety is their number one concern.
Big Island Eco Adventures II. This company knows ziplines—it built the first one on the Big Island. The three-hour tour takes you on eight ziplines and a 200-foot suspension bridge. You'll experience exhilarating, crisscrossing thrills over the mountains and gulches of historic North Kohala, including the enormous Waianae Gulch. Along the way you get awesome views of the Pacific Ocean, and, on clear days, all the way to Maui. 55-514 Hawi Rd., Hawi, HI, 96719. 808/889–5111. thebigislandzipline.com.
Kapoho Kine Adventures. In addition to offering volcano hikes, waterfall swims, and helicopter tours, this company does zipping exceptionally well, in combinations or à la carte adventures. It has one of the longest ziplines on the island, at 2,400 feet, as well as the only all-dual-track zip, which means you'll be able to traverse the eight stations more quickly and have a friend at your side the whole way. You'll soar over the lush rainforests of Hilo's Honoli‘i River gorge, complete with thundering waterfalls, and get views of the smoking vent at Kilauea Volcano. Tours start at $169 and depart both Hilo and Kona. Historic Canario Complex, 224 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, HI, 96720. 808/964–1000 or. www.kapohokine.com.
Kohala Zipline. This company features nine zips and five suspension bridges for a thrilling, above-the-canopy adventure in the forest. You'll bounce up to the site in a six-wheel-drive, military-style vehicle. Two certified guides accompany each small group. Designed for all ability levels, the Kohala Zipline focuses on fun and safety, offering a dual line for easy, confident braking. You'll soar hundreds of feet above the ground and feel like a pro by the last platform. Zip and Dip tours (combining zipline, nature walk, snacks, and swim) cost $169. 54-3676 Akoni Pule Hwy., Kapaau, HI, 96755. 808/331–3620 or 800/464–1993. www.kohalazipline.com.
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